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Danish submarine sub owner accused over journalist's death

Danish submarine sub owner accused over journalist's death

"Peter Madsen faces preliminary charges (of manslaughter) for having killed in an unknown way and in an unknown place Kim Isabell Frerika Wall of Sweden sometime after Thursday 5 p.m.", Prosecutor Louise Pedersen told a packed courtroom, where proceedings began in a larger hall after delays due in part to overcrowding in another location.

Madsen's defence lawyer said her client maintains he is innocent but is "willing to cooperate" and has not decided whether to appeal the ruling.

However, when she failed to return home later that day, her anxious boyfriend contacted the authorities, which led to a full-scale search for the submarine in the early hours.

"It took about 30 seconds for Nautilus to sink, and I couldn't close any hatches or anything", he said.

Police in Sweden said they have tried without success to contact Miss Wall by phone. "But I guess that was pretty good, because I otherwise still would have been down there".

According to a statement Wall's family shared with CPJ today, the 30-year-old Swedish-born journalist, who was based in NY and Beijing, was working on a story about inventor Peter Madsen when she went missing.

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The inventor, who is from Denmark, has denied responsibility for the fate of 30-year-old Kim Wall, saying the journalist disembarked before his vessel went down. "They were the only two on board yesterday". She also was not identified by name. Divers were initially unable to safely enter it.

A Danish court today ordered that Madsen be held in pre-trial detention while authorities investigate Wall's disappearance, the Associated Press reported. RML Spacelab is seeking to send people into space and is developing a rocket, floating launch pad and astronaut testing machine among other projects, the site says. "I design and manufacture non-commercial extreme machines, employing teams of volunteering engineers and technicians to challenge the ordinary". "Diving, no matter the method, is very challenging and it*s technically hard to go to beyond where rubber suits and scuba gear can take us".

Ms Wall had been writing about Madsen for a story and is believed to have set sail with him from Refshale Island at 7pm on Thursday.

By late Saturday the Nautilus had been recovered and was being towed back to Copenhagen. The Navy said the sub was seen sailing, but then sank shortly afterward.

'He then climbed down inside the submarine and there was then some kind of air flow coming up and the submarine started to sink, ' Isbak told The Associated Press.


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